5 people killed in fiery crash on I-70 in eastern Kansas

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BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities say five people have died in a fiery six-vehicle wreck that temporarily closed a stretch of Interstate 70 on the western edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority said Sheldon Cohen, 83, Virginia Cohen, 79, and Ricardo Mireles, 38, all from Topeka were killed in the crash. Teresa Butler, 61, of Urbana, Illinois was also killed in the crash. A 63-year-old also died but no identity has been released at this time.

KTA spokeswoman Rachel Bell says the pileup started Tuesday afternoon when a tractor trailer hit a car, a sport utility vehicle and another tractor-trailer just west of Bonner Springs. Two people in the car and two in the SUV were killed. Both tractor-trailers were engulfed in flames.

Authorities later found the fifth victim and two other damaged vehicles while clearing the wreckage.

Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington described the wreck as “a tragedy” and offered condolences to the victims’ families.

The crash closed the highway in both directions for about two hours.

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